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Policy Currents

By RAND Corporation

The Policy Currents podcast highlights new research findings, commentary, multimedia, and events from the RAND Corporation. Hosted by Evan Banks and Deanna Lee, with new episodes every Friday.

  1. 1.
    Fighting back against ‘Truth Decay,’ how to spend opioid settlement funds, China’s lack of friends, and more.10/23/2020
  2. 2.
    Russian propaganda on Facebook, the prospects for domestic terrorism during election season, protecting the U.S. electric grid, and more.10/16/2020
  3. 3.
    Election interference on Twitter, U.S. insulin prices, unemployment insurance’s history with Black workers, and more.10/09/2020
  4. 4.
    How Russia targets U.S. elections, Americans’ increased alcohol consumption, Black workers and COVID-19, and more.10/02/2020
  5. 5.
    Conducting Safe and Secure Elections in 202009/30/2020
  6. 6.
    What private health plans pay compared to what Medicare pays, when COVID-19's global spread really began, laws that could reduce firearm deaths, and more.09/25/2020
  7. 7.
    The growing risk of wildfires, America’s wealth gap, COVID-19 screening in the workplace, and more.09/18/2020
  8. 8.
    America’s declining global influence, planning for a COVID-19 school year, Abe’s resignation, and more.09/11/2020
  1. 9.
    Voting in the age of COVID-19, why the Postal Service is so essential, why some in law enforcement may be open to “defunding the police,” and more.08/28/2020
  2. 10.
    The potential for a new era of radicalization, insights into the gender pay gap, why the Israel-UAE deal doesn’t merit the hype, and more.08/21/2020
  3. 11.
    The new RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy, high unemployment in Los Angeles, food consumption in the UK, and more.08/14/2020
  4. 12.
    Preparing for a COVID-19 election, how the pandemic is affecting artists, North Korea’s deadly artillery, and more.08/07/2020
  5. 13.
    The future of U.S.-China competition, mobile tools used to track COVID-19, supporting parents during the pandemic, and more.07/31/2020
  6. 14.
    How to reopen schools, an opportunity to increase affordable housing, helping post-9/11 veterans, and more.07/24/2020
  7. 15.
    The COVID learning slide, how to fight Russian trolls, racial disparity in unemployment benefits, and more.07/17/2020
  8. 16.
    Online shopping during the pandemic, life in a riskier world, a step toward “defunding the police” in Los Angeles, and more.07/10/2020
  9. 17.
    The U.S. Postal Service and the pandemic, preparing for the election, reducing child deaths in Nigeria, and more.06/26/2020
  10. 18.
    Protests and police reform after George Floyd’s killing, facial recognition bans, gun policies that will likely reduce deaths, and more.06/19/2020
  11. 19.
    Using air travel data to predict COVID risk, planning for a heat wave, how to persuade Americans to get a vaccine, and more.06/12/2020
  12. 20.
    A statement by RAND’s president and CEO, paying the bills during COVID-19, America’s growing wealth gap, and more.06/05/2020
  13. 21.
    The health and economic consequences of states reopening, the dangers of ‘Truth Decay’ during this crisis, helping refugees, and more.05/22/2020
  14. 22.
    Why we need a blueprint for a post-vaccine world, helping domestic abuse victims during COVID-19, the pandemic's historic economic effects, and more.05/15/2020
  15. 23.
    The public health and economic effects of reopening America, using police powers for pandemic response, China's “mask diplomacy” and more.05/08/2020
  16. 24.
    Unintended consequences of a proposed COVID-19 cure, another wave of economic destruction, North Korea after Kim Jong Un, and more.05/01/2020
  17. 25.
    Gun policy in America, what schools will be like when they reopen, preparing for a COVID-19 hurricane, and more.04/24/2020
  18. 26.
    Who’s in charge during a pandemic, reducing medical supply shortfalls, helping people experiencing homelessness, and more.04/17/2020
  19. 27.
    How hospitals can increase critical care capacity, reforming the U.S. unemployment system, supporting farmworkers, and more.04/10/2020
  20. 28.
    Battling COVID-19: preventing a mental health crisis, addressing food insecurity, personalizing online learning, and more.04/03/2020
  21. 29.
    COVID-19 and the economy, strengthening the U.S. blood supply, how the pandemic could affect the Gaza Strip, and more.03/27/2020
  22. 30.
    COVID-19: Expert insights on the U.S. response, the spread of misinformation, economic effects, and more.03/20/2020
  23. 31.
    Why estimates of COVID-19's fatality rate might keep changing, limiting out-of-network payments to hospitals, RAND's fundraising campaign, and more.03/13/2020
  24. 32.
    The coronavirus intensifies, cyber threats from drones, Truth Decay and the media, and more.03/06/2020
  25. 33.
    Responding to Russian subversion, the first supervised drug consumption site in the U.S., artificial intelligence, and more. 02/29/2020
  26. 34.
    Why the U.S. should extend New START, assessing Trump’s Middle East peace plan, new tobacco products, and more.02/21/2020
  27. 35.
    The unintended consequences of punishing pregnant women for substance use, Zimbabwe after Mugabe, U.S. infectious disease response, and more.02/14/2020
  28. 36.
    The State of the Union, how voting might improve your health, coronavirus, and more.02/07/2020
  29. 37.
    Community schools show promising results, the costs of Brexit uncertainty, coronavirus, and more.01/31/2020
  30. 38.
    Australia’s devastating fires, how artificial intelligence could manipulate the masses, fentanyl, and more.01/24/2020
  31. 39.
    U.S.-Turkish relations, helping commercial airports meet rising demand, overhauling America’s education and employment system, and more.01/17/2020
  32. 40.
    Iran, Iraq, and the death of Soleimani, plus new RAND research.01/10/2020
  33. 41.
    RAND experts on the killing of Qassem Soleimani, breaking down Kim Jong Un’s latest threat, opioid settlement funds, and more.01/03/2020
  34. 42.
    The Most Popular RAND Research of 201912/27/2019
  35. 43.
    How Americans consume the news, U.S.–Iranian relations, Louisiana’s education reforms, and more.12/13/2019
  36. 44.
    What the U.S. can do about Hong Kong, Russia’s strategy in the Middle East, medical marijuana, and more.12/06/2019
  37. 45.
    Medicare for 50-to-64-year-olds, how to assess climate change plans, antibiotic-resistant “superbugs,” and more.11/22/2019
  38. 46.
    Tools to fight disinformation online, the negative consequences of punishing pregnant women for drug use, how to ensure public trust in artificial intelligence, and more.11/16/2019
  39. 47.
    Saving veterans from suicide, the economic benefits of physical activity, helping people return from prison, and more.11/08/2019
  40. 48.
    Why we should talk more about violent white supremacy, the risks of using power outages to prevent wildfires, how to resolve the Hong Kong crisis, and more.11/01/2019
  41. 49.
    Effects of the U.S. withdrawal from Syria, using drones to deliver blood, a Q&A on climate policy, and more.10/25/2019
  42. 50.
    The economic benefits of delaying school start times, the latest on Brexit, how streaming apps could help Americans be more active, and more.10/18/2019
  43. 51.
    The emerging risk of virtual societal warfare, understanding Iran’s domestic debates, supervised consumption sites, and more.10/11/2019
  44. 52.
    China’s 70th anniversary, why women belong in wargaming, challenges facing U.S. Army families, and more.10/04/2019
  45. 53.
    Healing the “invisible wounds” of war, how not to confront China, why teachers may need more than a pay raise, and more.09/27/2019
  46. 54.
    Transforming U.S. workforce development for the 21st century, the evidence on “stand your ground” laws, the teen vaping epidemic, and more.09/20/2019
  47. 55.
    Recovery in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian, what to do about hostile social manipulation by foreign powers, al Qaeda 18 years after 9/11, and more.09/13/2019
  48. 56.
    The future of fentanyl, taking action to address mass shootings, teaching teen girls about national security, and more.08/30/2019
  49. 57.
    What Americans spend on illegal drugs, back-to-school tips from a sleep expert, why tariffs on China aren’t working, and more.08/23/2019
  50. 58.
    Preventing suicide in correctional facilities, the rise of fentanyl, what’s next for India and Kashmir, and more.08/16/2019
  51. 59.
    Gun policy after El Paso and Dayton, maintaining America’s role in the Pacific, following ISIS’s financial trail, and more.08/09/2019
  52. 60.
    How consumers respond to data breaches, fentanyl’s role in the U.S. opioid crisis, new security risks at correctional institutions, and more.08/02/2019
  53. 61.
    Boris Johnson takes over as British PM, introducing teen girls to wargaming, health risks for migrant children detained at the border, and more.07/26/2019
  54. 62.
    Barriers to playing youth sports, who’s liable when autonomous vehicles are hacked, U.S.–North Korea relations, and more.07/19/2019
  55. 63.
    Media literacy education as a way to fight “Truth Decay,” the importance of school principals, turning screen time into outdoor time, and more.07/12/2019
  56. 64.
    How to end U.S. roadway deaths by 2050, changing how America decides on “wars of choice,” a mental health social marketing campaign, and more.06/28/2019
  57. 65.
    The costs of U.S.–Iran confrontation, discipline reform in America’s schools, why the North Korea problem is bigger than nukes, and more.06/21/2019
  58. 66.
    Understanding the Hong Kong–China relationship, lessons for state education reform, addressing perceived gender bias in the U.S. Coast Guard, and more.06/14/2019
  59. 67.
    What can be done about ISIS detainees, a program that helps reduce homelessness, Modi’s reelection in India, and more.06/07/2019
  60. 68.
    Theresa May resigns, ways to prevent veteran suicide, Iran’s network of fighters, and more.05/31/2019
  61. 69.
    How the news has changed in the digital age, rising U.S.-Iranian tensions, new rules for the internet, and more.05/17/2019
  62. 70.
    Private health plans pay hospitals much more than Medicare would, common-sense solutions to the border crisis, reducing opioid deaths, and more.05/10/2019
  63. 71.
    How the Mueller report might affect Russia, ISIS’s leader resurfaces, uncertainty over Brexit, and more.05/03/2019
  64. 72.
    A program that helps children exposed to trauma, why women belong in Coast Guard crews, making outer space safer, and more.04/26/2019
  65. 73.
    What educators think about school reform, tackling the opioid crisis, the latest on U.S.-Iran relations, and more.04/19/2019
  66. 74.
    Spending estimates under Medicare for All, the benefits of “principal pipelines,” graphic warning labels on cigarettes, and more.04/12/2019
  67. 75.
    NATO’s 70th anniversary, food deserts, gender diversity in the Coast Guard, and more.04/05/2019
  68. 76.
    Russian social media influence, congestion pricing in Manhattan, cryptocurrencies, and more.03/29/2019
  69. 77.
    The Christchurch shootings, the UK’s post-Brexit prospects, “Cost Plus 50,” and more.03/22/2019
  70. 78.
    Infants with opioid withdrawal symptoms, peace talks in Afghanistan, intentional bias in artificial intelligence, and more.03/15/2019
  71. 79.
    How humans handle speed, paying people to use lower-price health care providers, gun policy in America, and more.03/08/2019
  72. 80.
    The growing criminalization of America’s youth, the Trump-Kim summit, how cities can prepare for climate change, and more.03/01/2019
  73. 81.
    Iran’s efforts to spy on the U.S., how to improve terrorism prevention, the costs of Russia’s foreign policy decisions, and more.02/22/2019
  74. 82.
    Americans’ financial fragility, assessing the effectiveness of a border wall, U.S. gun policy, and more.02/15/2019
  75. 83.
    Insights from RAND after the State of the Union, another U.S.-North Korea summit, reformulating OxyContin, and more.02/11/2019
  76. 84.
    U.S.-Taliban peace talks, single-payer health care, comparing threats from Russia and China, and more.02/01/2019
  77. 85.
    Four problems on the Korean Peninsula, holding hackers accountable, triaging climate change, and more.01/25/2019
  78. 86.
    The critical roles of federal workers, withdrawing from Afghanistan, reinventing public policy graduate school, and more.01/18/2019
  79. 87.
    What a border wall can accomplish, confusion over the U.S. withdrawal from Syria, reducing student suspensions, and more.01/11/2019
  80. 88.
    U.S. pressure on North Korea, consumer reactions to data breaches, the U.S. withdrawal from Syria, and more.01/04/2019
  81. 89.
    The Most Popular RAND Research from 201812/21/2018
  82. 90.
    Syrian refugees can contribute to local economies, prospects for Brexit, marijuana legalization, and more.12/14/2018
  83. 91.
    Heroin-assisted treatment and supervised consumption sites, the risk of political violence in America, U.S. immigration policy options are limited, and more.12/07/2018
  84. 92.
    Deterring aggression abroad, what to do about North Korea, a wellness program that uses the Apple Watch, and more.11/30/2018
  85. 93.
    What we know about PTSD, a new research initiative on guns in America, helping kids cope with trauma, and more.11/16/2018
  86. 94.
    The challenges facing veterans and their loved ones, a chance for bipartisan infrastructure policy, realignment in the Middle East, and more.11/09/2018
  87. 95.
    The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, countering Russian social media influence, "Medicare for All" myths, and more.11/02/2018
  88. 96.
    Welcome to Policy Currents!10/26/2018

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